ALI stands for Automotive Lift Institute. It was formed in 1945 by nine U.S. lift manufacturers who agreed to work together for the common good in order to develop a new trade association. ALI formed out of the concerns over the availability of raw materials used to produce automotive lifts, since many of these materials were on allocation by the government. As a result companies were beginning to use repurposed materials of questionable integrity for the manufacturing of lifts. This lead to concerns by ALI about the quality of the lifts being produced and the safety of lift operators. The focus of ALI today is still the quality of lifts and safety of the operators, which is the foundation of their mission.